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Heir to Hidilyn s throne: Sarno bags 2 golds, 1 silver in Asian Weightlifting Championships

Teenage sensation Vanessa Sarno scooped up two gold medals and a silver Wednesday night in the women’s 71-kilogram division of the Asian Weightlifting Championships.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 21st, 2021

Sarno bags 2 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships

Vanessa Sarno delivered an impressive performance after clinching two gold medals in the women’s 71-kg division of the Asian Weightlifting Championship late Wednesday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 17-year-old Bohol native claimed the gold medals in clean and jerk with a lift of 121 kgs and for total lift with 229 kgs to steal the thunder […] The post Sarno bags 2 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Weightlifter Sarno bags 3 golds in world online youth tiff

The Philippines’ Vanessa Sarno showed the potential of following the footsteps of 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz as she captured three gold medals Tuesday in the International Weightlifting Federation Online World Youth Championship......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

Diaz, Petecio lead PSA major awards honor roll

A boxing world champion and an Olympic silver medalist are among those to be rendered with major awards in next month’s annual SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Awards Night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. Nesthy Petecio and Hidilyn Diaz lead the 12 personalities who are the recipients of major awards from the country’s oldest media organization in the March 6 gala night presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine, and Air Asia. The two lady athletes are also members of Team Philippines which will be honored with the coveted Athlete of the Year award on account of its successful regaining of the Southeast Asian Games overall championship. Petecio, 27, won the featherweight gold in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia, while Diaz, 29, and silver medal winner in the 2016 Rio Olympics, bagged a silver in the Asian Championships and a pair of bronze in the World Weightlifting Championships. The country’s first qualifier in the Tokyo Olympics in pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena is also a major awardee for topping the qualifying meet in Chiara, Italy. He also won golds in the Asian Athletics Championship and the Summer Universiade. Two other world boxing champions are also in the honor roll list in reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title holder Jerwin Ancajas and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight king Johnriel Casimero. Not to be left out are major awardees in basketball composed of the undefeated, sixth-time UAAP women’s champion National University, five-time PBA Philippine Cup winner San Miguel Beermen, and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Completing the list of major awardees are golfers Juvic Pagunsan, Aidric Chan, and Princess Superal, and Horse of the Year Union Bell. Still to be named are recipients of special citation, the MILO Junior Athletes of the Year, the regular Tony Siddayao .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans. We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports. Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.   JANUARY Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao opened the year on a high note and retained his WBA welterweight title after a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner. The Philippine volleyball community mourned the passing of head coach Nes Pamilar. He was 52. Joshua Pacio lost his One straw weight title belt to Japanese Yosuke Saruta via split decision while Geje Eustaquio also parted ways with his flyweight belt. The 44th season of the PBA opened.   Jett Manuel of Barangay Ginebra announced his retirement in the PBA after one season while Chris Tiu hanged his jersey after six seasons with Rain or Shine. Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Azkals finished its historic AFC Asian Cup debut winless after bowing to South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.    FEBRUARY Gilas Pilipinas clinched a golden ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after back-to-back wins to close out the qualifiers. Aston Palicte beat erstwhile unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez via TKO in their WBO Superflyweight world championship eliminator while Vic Saludar retained his WBO minimum weight world title. Arellano University completed a three-peat in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball while Perpetual Help won back-to-back titles in the men’s division and five straight in the juniors play. Seventeen year-old Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver medal in the open category of the IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships at Pampa Wake Park, Buenos Aires. The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the finest Filipino athletes  for the year 2018 in its annual awards night.    MARCH Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas announced the composition of the men’s and women’s seniors national team and women’s U-23 squad. Gilas Pilipinas landed in Group D in the FIBA World Cup with Serbia, Italy and Angola after the draw. San Beda University won its second straight NCAA Season 94 beach volleyball title while Emilio Aguinaldo College completed a men’s division repeat. Kevin Belingon lost his One bantwamweight title to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes to disqualification from illegal blows while Eduard Folayang surrendered his lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki in a submission loss.   APRIL Hidilyn Diaz pocketed three silver medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship. EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashion in Doha, Qatar. Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA superbantamweight belt and advance to the WBSS bantamweight tournament finals wile John Riel Casimero claimed the WBO interim bantamweight title. The San Juan Knights captured the MPBL Datu Cup in a winner-take-all Game 5 over Davao Occidental Tigers. Team Philippines recorded its best gold haul in Arafura Games in Australia. Marathon star Rafael Poliquit died of complications from subdural empyema. He was 30.   MAY Ateneo de Manila University won the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while National University bagged its second straight men’s crown. San Miguel Beer captured its fifth straight Philippine Cup championship at the expense of Magnolia. Petron defeated F2 Logistics in three games to retain its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix throne. Jerwin Ancajas scored a 7th round TKO win over Japanese Ryuichi Funai to keep his IBF super flyweight belt. The UAAP and NCAA collegiate press corps feted the best student-athletes in basketball and for the first time in women’s volleyball. Some athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections.   JUNE   Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post after just 18 months in office. Cignal-Ateneo won the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.   (To be continued).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

2 golds for Pinay lifter in Asian tilt

Vanessa Sarno of the Philippines captured two gold medals and one silver medal, while fellow Filipinos Chariz Macawli and Rosegie Ramos took home a silver and two bronze medals in the 2019 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships late Thursday in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sarno copped her first gold medal in the 71-kilogram (kg) in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Weightlifter Diaz bags bronze in world championship

Olympian Hidilyn Diaz copped the bronze medal in the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday. The Rio Olympics silver medalist shrugged off a subpar performance in snatch as she recovered in the clean and jerk, lifting 121 kilograms that was good for third spot before tallying 214 kilograms overall to pocket the women’s 55kg. division bronze medal. Diaz, the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist, lifted only 93 kgs. in snatch, good for only eighth place. “Ikaw yun Lord. Grabe. Nun na-mental block na ako, wala na ang 93 kgs. pero ginabayan mo ako Lord. Sobrang blessed ko sa’yo,” posted the 28-year old Diaz, who also had podium finishes in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the world championship, on her Twitter account.    China’s Liao Qiuyun took the top podium finish with a total of 227 kgs. (98 kgs. snatch, 129 kgs. clean and jerk) while compatriot Zhang Wanqiong bagged the silver medal with a total lift of 222 kgs. (99 kgs. snatch, 123 clean and jerk). Diaz’s feat kept her on the right track for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and built momentum as she prepares to make a good showing in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

Boholana Sarno bags two gold medals in Asian Weightlifting Championships

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Boholana weightlifter Vanessa Sarno made waves in the international scene, winning two gold medals for the Philippines in the ongoing Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  The 17-year old Tagbilaran City native finished her campaign in the women’s 71-kilogram division impressively by lifting a total of 229kg and had a 128kg clean […] The post Boholana Sarno bags two gold medals in Asian Weightlifting Championships appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

3 Cebuano weightlifters to compete in Asian Weightlifting Championships

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Philippine national weightlifting team departs for Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for the Asian Weightlifting Championships. A total of nine weightlifters, including 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, will vie in the tournament, which kicks off on Friday, April 16.  Diaz has departed ahead of the team earlier this week.  […] The post 3 Cebuano weightlifters to compete in Asian Weightlifting Championships appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz takes home 3 golds in Roma World Cup

HIDILYN Diaz continued to be in fine form even after the 30th Southeast Asian Games as she captured three gold medals Tuesday evening in the 2020 Roma Weightlifting World Cup at the Palapellicone in Rome, Italy. Diaz, the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist and 2018 Asian Games gold winner, pocketed the golds in snatch (93kg) […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

Diaz grabs gold in World Cup

Hidilyn Diaz boosted her bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after ruling the women’s 55-kilogram event in the Rome 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in Italy. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist lifted 93 kg in snatch and 119 kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 212 kg to take the top spot in the podium. Ukraine’s Kamila Konotop took the silver medal with 196 (90 in snatch, 106 in clean and jerk) while Tunisian bet Nouha Landoulsi got the bronze with 194 (86 in snatch, 108 in clean and jerk). Diaz is currently ranked fourth in her weight category. Up next for the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medal winner is a stint in the IWF Asian Championships in Kazakhstan on April 16-25.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

20 for 20: Pinoy Sports Personalities to Watch in 2020

As we enter a new decade, ABS-CBN Sports takes a look at 20 Pinoy sports personalities destined to shine in 2020.    Kiefer Ravena After an 18-month wait, Kiefer Ravena is finally back in basketball. Despite only playing in the PBA’s third conference, his impact was immediate, leading NLEX to the number 1 seed in the Governors’ Cup. The Road Warriors didn’t advance sure, but if Kiefer can impact a team that way in limited time, wait until you see what he can do with a full offseason.   Alex Eala At just 14 years old, Filipina tennister Alex Eala is already turning heads, and she’s yet to turn pro. With a runner-up finish at the ITF Mayor’s Cup in Osaka, Japan and her first ITF Juniors title in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex has had quite the fruitful year, leading to a career-best 11th-place ranking in the ITF Juniors table to finish the year.  Heading into 2020, Eala now has her sights set on turning pro as she plans to join more professional tournaments to raise her ranking even more. Expect the young tennis star to make even more headlines in the coming year.     Bryan Bagunas A vital cog in the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Bagunas is considered as one of the best Filipino volleyball players in this generation. Eyes will be on his blossoming international career playing as an import in the Japan V. Premier League.         Margielyn Didal While already a household name in Philippine skateboarding due to her success in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Margielyn Didal made even more waves in 2019. The 20-year old Cebuana reached the semifinals of the 2019 SLS World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and captured gold in the 2019 National Championships and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  Didal is currently looking to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and if she can do so, it’s highly likely that the Pinay skater can become an even bigger star in the industry.    Marck Espejo After his spectacular collegiate career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Marck Espejo's colorful career as part of the men's national volleyball team and in the club league continues to blossom. Just like Bryan Bagunas, Espejo will be showing his skills internationally with a stint in Thailand following a historic silver medal finish at the 30th SEA Games.   Yuka Saso After a decorated amateur career that saw her  participate in major tournaments such as the Ladies’ European Tour, the Summer Youth Olympics and claim top honors in the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 and 2019 Philippine Ladies Open, and the 2019 Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, 18-year old Pinay golfer Yuka Saso finally made the jump to pro in November of 2019.  With even more competitions in store plus a 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth in her crosshairs, it’s quite likely that we hear more about Saso in the coming months.  Carlos Yulo Perhaps no other young athlete in the Philippines shot to stardom faster than gymnastics phenomenon Carlos Edriel Yulo. After a gold medal finish in the floor exercise at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Yulo hauled in even more hardware in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, taking home two more gold medals and five silvers.  Yulo’s spectacular 2019 earned him a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and if his SEA Games and World Championships performances are any indication, Caloy is bound for another podium finish on the biggest stage there is.   Eya Laure Last UAAP season’s rookie of the year will return as the heir apparent of Season 81 MVP Sisi Rondina. With her national team stint, all eyes will be on the younger Laure as she reunites with older sister EJ as they try to bring University of Sto. Tomas back in the Finals after falling short last year. Hidilyn Diaz 2019 was another big year for Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, highlighted by her first ever gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Diaz also finished with silver medals in the 2019 Asian Championships and a bronze in the 2019 World Championships.  All those podium finishes are crucial in Diaz’s quest for another Olympics berth in 2020. Should the 28-year lock up another spot in the Summer Games in Tokyo, we could see another Olympic medal coming home.    Kat Tolentino  After initially announcing that she would not come back for her final season in the UAAP, Kat Tolentino changed her decision and will suit up for the Ateneo Lady Eagles once last time, providing a great morale-booster in their bid for back-to-back titles. Tolentino’s leadership will be tested as she will be leading a young team.      Joshua Pacio 23-year old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio proved to be the brightest spot for Philippine MMA stable Team Lakay in 2019. After opening the year with a questionnable decision loss to Yosuke Saruta, Pacio silenced any doubts in the rematch and regained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a highlight-reel headkick knockout. Pacio would follow that up with another masterful performance, this time with a second-round submission win over top contender Rene Catalan before the end of the year.  2020 is shaping up to become another banner year for the rising Pinoy star, as he’s scheduled for another title defense on January 31st in Manila, this time against former champ Alex Silva of Brazil. A win for Pacio will solidify his claim of being the best strawweight ever in ONE Championship history.     Louie Romero The Adamson University freshman displayed great potential during the pre-season when she piloted the Lady Falcons to title win in the PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference. Romero is expected to be a gem of a setter for the young Adamson squad hoping make a return in the UAAP Final Four. Manny Pacquiao While eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is certainly in the twilight of his professional boxing career, 2019 showed that he is still one of the best around. A successful title defense over Adrien Broner followed by an impressive dismantling of the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA’s primary world title proved that even at 40, Manny Pacquiao is still a big name in the sport.  With Pacquiao targeting an early return in 2020, more big names are lined up to fight “the People’s Champ”, including names like Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and even a title-unification bout against Errol Spence. Still, the biggest fight that is out there proves to be a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr, granted that “Money” finally bites.    Faith Nisperos A key addition for the repeat-seeking Ateneo de Manila University. The highly-touted rookie hitter will add height and firepower for the Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball. In the previous PVL Collegiate Conference, Nisperos flashed her scoring prowess, exploding for 35 points in one outing.   Robert Bolick The two best rookies of 2019 were CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. We know what we can expect from CJ, but Bolick is an interesting case as 2020 will be his return from knee injury. Bolick could still win Rookie of the Year, but even if he doesn’t, his return to Northport could push the reloaded Batang Pier from a Cinderella team to full-on PBA title contender.   Joshua Retamar His playmaking skills as well as his efficiency on net defense during the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games makes him a setter to watch out for come UAAP. Retamar is an asset for National University’s three-peat bid.       Kai Sotto The Philippines' 7-foot-2, 17-year-old is opening eyes as he suits up for Atlanta-based The Skills Factory - so much so that he has already gotten interest from quite a few US NCAA schools. Before Sotto continues breaking the glass ceiling for Filipinos, though, he will go home for a while to wear the flag with Mighty Sports-Pilipinas in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.   Jema Galanza Coming off a great outing to close the PVL Season 3 highlighted by copping the Open Conference MVP award, expectations are high for Jema Galanza as Creamline aims to reclaim the PVL Reinforced Conference crown and complete an Open Conference three-peat.      Kobe Paras Many questioned just what the 6-foot-6 tantalizing talent would bring to the table for UP - but more often than not, he had all the answers as he led the Fighting Maroons to their second straight Final Four. In the end, Paras was actually the steadying force State U needed in what was a hyped up season. They may not have made it back to the Finals, but they still got much more motivation as they run it back for next year.   Pat Aquino What's next for the most decorated mentor in women's basketball? Pat Aquino followed up a six-peat for National U with the Philippines' first-ever gold medal in women's basketball in the SEA Games. Without a doubt, he will only continue steering the sport forward especially as the likes of UST and FEU are already gearing up to put up greater challenges in the new year.   Isaac Go Isaac Go is technically not the no. 1 pick of the 2019 PBA Draft but he is without a doubt, the no. 1 prospect of the year. His top selection from the special Gilas Pilipinas Draft is proof of that. Gilas Pilipinas has the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on deck in 2020 and as a new era dawns on the national team, all eyes will be on the biggest piece for the future that’s already drafted into the new Philippine squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

Olympian Hidilyn Diaz seeking financial support for Tokyo 2020 bid

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is hoping to get some financial support for her Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid, even if it means asking for help from private companies.  The 28-year old took to social media, posting on her Instagram stories about the matter.  "Is it okay to ask sponsorship sa mga private companies towards Tokyo 2020? Hirap na hirap na ko, I need financial support," Diaz stated.  She continued, saying that while asking for help was not exactly how she would have wanted to get funding, it is all for the goal of bringing home an Olympic gold medal to the Philippines.  "Nahihiya kasi ako, pero try ko kapalan mukha ko para sa minimithi kong pangarap para sa atin[g] bansa na maiuwi ang Gold Medal sa Olympics." Diaz is no stranger to bringing glory to the Philippines, as she has brought home, among other accolades, a 2018 Rio Olympics Silver Medal, an Asian Games Gold Medal, and a pair of silvers and a bronze medal for the Southeast Asian Games.  Diaz became just the third Silver Medalist in Philippine Olympic history, joining boxers Anthony Villanueva (1964) and Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco (1996).  Last April, Diaz captured three silver medals at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships in China to earn a spot in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Incentives worth P2.6 million await Diaz& rsquo;s teammates

Hidilyn Diaz won’t be getting any incentives after she missed the bronze medal by three kilograms in the women’s 55-kg category of the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan recently......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

Cash incentives await podium finishers in Asian weightlifting tilt

Filipino weightlifters in the Asian Championships headed by double gold medalist Vanessa Sarno will receive cash incentives and “special attention” as they steer toward qualifying to the next two Olympic editions in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

Hidilyn’s heir on the rise

Philippine weightlifting has a rising star in teenage sensation Vanessa Sarno......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz misses podium but makes 4th straight Olympics

Hidilyn Diaz just went through the motions of punching a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics despite missing the podium in the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Sunday night. Diaz wound up fourth in the women’s 55kg event after lifting 94 kilograms in the snatch and 118 kgs in the clean and jerk for […] The post Hidilyn Diaz misses podium but makes 4th straight Olympics appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

Diaz seeks Tokyo clincher in Asian meet

Rio Olympics weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Saturday for Tashkent, Uzbekistan in chase of a goal to seal a spot in the Tokyo Games in July......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 11th, 2021

Pinay teen lifter getting stronger

The Philippines’ Vanessa Sarno showed her potential to follow the footsteps of 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz when she captured three gold medals yesterday in the International Weightlifting Federation Online World Youth Championship......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

CSB puts recruitment on hold; prioritizes 250 active student-athletes

There will be no new student-athletes coming College of St. Benilde's way. The Taft-based school has decided to do away with recruitment for the time being in the face of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. However, the green and white institution has pledged its commitment to the 250 student-athletes who are already part of its varsity teams. "We made a commitment to our student-athletes and their families and we remain true to our mission of faith, service, and communion," Center for Sports Development Director Stephen Fernandez said. That means that their players in badminton, basketball, chess, football, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, and volleyball could rest assured that they would remain Blazers. Not only that, they also remain entitled to their Athletic Recruit Grants. CSB has been home to several national team athletes in Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting) as well as Southeast Asian Games double-gold medalist Agatha Wong (wushu) and silver winner Johnvic De Guzman (volleyball). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Olympic-bound athletes to get priority once COVID-19 vaccine is available -- POC president Tolentino

Congressman and Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino promised to lobby for the Tokyo Olympics-bound Filipino athletes to be in the priority list of recipients once the vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes available. “Definitely mayroong allocation diyan. Ilalaban natin yun na i-priority natin ‘yung sports because of the Olympics,” said Tolentino in Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. “Sa ngayon wala pang guidelines (on priority) dun but we can lobby for that because of this Olympics.” The representative of the eighth district of Cavite said that once a vaccine is produced those who have already qualified for the Games next year will get their shots. “Actually, kung ibe-base lang natin ‘yan sa number of delegates iilan lang ‘yun. ‘Yung mga nag-qualify, officials at kung sino ang delagates from media (na pupunta),” he said. “Hindi naman natin pababayaaan ang mga atleta natin. Pupunta tayo doon kung mayroon nang vaccine,” he added. “Sigurado ako na mapa-priority ang mga athletes natin going to the Olympics.” Four athletes have already qualified for the Games, which was pushed back to July 23 to August 8 2021 from its original schedule of July 24-August 9 this year because of the pandemic. Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno have earned their tickets to the Games. Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting and Kiyomi Watanabe of judo are expected to qualify once the qualifying tournaments resume early next year.   Tolentino is also looking at inclusion the athletes heading to the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games in November next year. “Mai-extend ‘yan up to Vietnam SEA Games,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020